The Rowdy One
- Oct 13, 2004
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Anyone know anything on this punter? His punts were the best in warmups the other day but wasn’t sure if he froze up in game situations or what
No inside information or no connections, but I would think that CNS is simply trying to give DeLong all of the confidence he can by running him out there. He doesn't want the kid to think he has given up on him, but I do believe that when push comes to shove and we get in a tight game, DeLong is debenched!!
Think of a golfer. Once he hooks or slices a few, he starts to correct things himself and then OVER corrects, making it worse. I punted in school as well and I even handled punters during special teams periods when I was coaching. During that 10-15 minute period, the punters had my complete and full attention. The problem is, the other 2 1/2 hours of practice that I was locked in on my QBs or LBs. Same situation with Coach Banks and his TEs.
Let's be honest here, hitting a golf ball is completely different than punting a football, and golf is WAY more mental than football. Muscles negatively affect you in golf, whereas football they are strengths. Our kids can get a punt off while playing in the yard and my son is six. I have seen three kids this year in our youth league that can kick it 30 yards, and one is seven and the other two were nine. I'd bet my life on the fact that I could be sent out there on the biggest stage, field a snap and punt a ball 35-40 yards without warming up, and in pads. I'm no kicker either. His leg strength alone outta hit it 45 yards as I stated above, and anything else would come from his form. He just isn't the guy. Is it easy to shank one here or there? Of course, happens to the best of them, but the guy is averaging 34 yards per punt, and 35 yards last year. Yeah, coaching could be hurting the situation, because honestly it doesn't seem we're getting enough out of the tight ends OR the kicker, so who does that fall on?
Hang time and distance are not the only factors in punting. Snap to kick time is also a very important thing. Maybe he can kick the ball high and far, but it takes him too long to catch and kick it? I have no idea if that is the case, but it is something to consider. Hang time and distance don't mean squat if you don't get the kick off your foot without getting it blocked. Trust the process...